Land Rover Range Rover Evoque Review

By Nishanth   |  October 24, 2013


Range Rover Evoque, the most compact SUV launched by Land Rover till date, is described as an exciting vehicle which combines a bold and sophisticated design with smart and innovative technology. The car, unveiled at the North American International Auto Show as the Land Rover, was inspired by the Land Rover LRX concept. The Evoque went into production in July 2011.

Range Rover Evoque, which was built with an intention to reduce emissions, has two distinct models the Evoque, which features five-doors and the Evoque Coupe, the three-door variant. Each model offers a choice of three trims, Pure, Prestige and Dynamic. The petrol version of Evoque will be available only in the Dynamic trim while the diesel variant will be available in all the three trims.

Evoque is manufactured at the production facility of the company at Halewood, Merseyside. Land Rover is manufacturing this vehicle leveraging on the £ 27 million grant announced by the government of UK for the production of an all-new model on the conditions placed by the government.

The outstanding features of the Evoque has been recognized and commended by auto enthusiasts, with several rewards and recognitions. The car bagged the 2011 Auto Express Car of the Year award. Car Design News chose the Evoque as the Best Production Car in 2010 while Motor Trend awarded the 2012 SUV of the Year award to the car in 2011. Evoque has been named as the 2011 Car of the Year at the prestigious Technology of the Year Ceremony in London, amidst tough competition from the likes of Ferrari FF, Ford Focus, Renault Twizy, Nissan Leaf and MINI Coupe. The recognition comes as a latest feather in the cap of Evoque.

In the Indian markets, Evoque has been launched as a Completely Built Unit (CBU). The company plans to assemble the same at its unit at Chikhli near Pune, after which the price is expected to come down.

Powertrain & Performance

Range Rover Evoque offers two engine options. A 2.2L Turbo-Diesel engine produces 187 bhp and 420 Nm of torque. This diesel engine delivers impressive torque and responsive performance with enhanced refinement.

The vehicle is equipped with an innovative technology, Terrain Response, which adapts the engine, transmission and electronic systems to maximize driving comforts and traction. There are four Terrain Response settings, General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud and Ruts and Sand. Transmission system is a 6-speed automatic unit which enhances the performance through smoother and quicker gear shifts. The transmission has a rotary knob to operate the Drive Select and a paddle shift on steering column to shift gear manually.

Build & Styling

The Land Rover Evoque is the most compact Land Rover built till date. The car was built after an intense feasibility study by the engineering team of the company which validated that it was possible to deliver high levels of quality, drivability and breadth of performance in a very compact and sustainable model. Feedbacks from satisfied customers stand testimony to the fact that the Evoque has delivered its promises. Extensive use of aluminum in the bonnet and roof along with composite plastic for the tailgate has reduced the weight by 99 kg (220 lbs). The car offers a full-length glass sunroof as an option. Xenon headlamps with LED lighting give a premium appeal to the SUV. Exterior mirrors could be folded and adjusted using electric control buttons. 18-inch sparkle silver alloy wheels decorate the bulky tires which are surrounded by bold wheel arches.

The car features a light and airy interior with ample stowage space under the seats. The car has enough space to accommodate two mountain bikes upright (after removing the front wheels of the bikes) when the rear seats are folded forward. The load space of 550 liters can also accommodate large luggage including skis and surfboards. Other features of the car include electric driver seat adjustments, air conditioner with climate control and remote central locking. The armrests of the car have space for cup holders. The entertainment unit in the car is a Meridian Sound System with touch screen color display and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Evoque is a highly practical coupe, loaded with many safety features. Roll Stability Control, Dynamic Stability Control and Hill Descent Control are some of these features which are active when the SUV is on the drive. The passengers in the cabin are protected by airbags at all sides which come to play when a collision takes place.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Most compact Land Rover built till date
    • Ample stowage space of 550 litres
    • Biofuel compatible
  • Cons

    • Too early to mention